First, the good news. The number of hungry people decline globally by more than 100 million over the last decade and by 209 million since 1990-92.
"The overall trend in hunger reduction in developing countries means that the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the proportion of undernourished people by 2015 is within reach, 'if appropriate and immediate efforts are stepped up'. Sixty three countries have reached the hunger target of the Millennium Development Goals, MDG1, to halve the proportion of chronically undernourished people in developing countries by 2015., the report said.
To date, 63 developing countries have reached the MDG target, and six more are on track to reach it by 2015. "In fact, the prevalence of undernourishment has fallen in developing countries from 23.4 to 13.5 percent – and from 18.7 to 11.3 percent globally,"said an FAO news summary .
Still, the glass is half full. So what's the not-so-good news? Despite advances in agriculture, a growth in the global economy and increased technological expertise, there are still 805 million people in the world who are chronically undernourished.. This means that one in nine residents of the planet suffer from hunger.
|Zero Hunger featured at the UN General Assembly meeting in September|
This brings us to the Zero Hunger Challenge campaign, which UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched in June 2012. The campaign remains a centerpiece of the UN's anti-hunger efforts.
"Hunger can be eliminated in our lifetimes This requires comprehensive efforts to ensure that every man, woman and child enjoy their Right to Adequate Food; women are empowered; priority is given to family farming; and food systems everywhere are sustainable and resilient," said the UN.
The challenge of Zero Hunger means:
- Zero stunted children less than 2 years
- 100% access to adequate food all year round
- All food systems are sustainable
- 100% increase in smallholder productivity and income
- Zero loss or waste of food
Follow the ongoing campaign o via the official Zero Hunger Challenge Twitter site
Greta Verburg, ambassador/permanent representative to the Rome-based UN Agencies: FAO/WFP and IFAD, also provides regular updates via photographs, graphics, maps and videos posted on Twitter
Here is one example:
Making progress against hunger, but large pockets of undernourished persist @NatGeo http://t.co/Nvy3vjp7gt pic.twitter.com/NVhZ4oxRy8
— Gerda Verburg (@GerdaVerburg) September 17, 2014